(26 April 2017) – Following the launch of the discussion on the future of Europe via the Commission’s White Paper on the Future of Europe presented on 1 March, today the Commission zooms in on the social dimension of Europe by 2025.
Today’s reflection paper on Europe’s social dimension will mark the start of a reflection process with citizens, social partners, the European institutions and governments, that seeks to identify responses to the challenges our societies and citizens face in the coming years. Today’s paper is also an effort to clarify the contribution of the EU level in addressing these challenges.
It does so by setting out three possible options, for the future, which echo arguments often made in the public debate:
• Limiting the social dimension to free movement
• Those who want to do more in the social field do more
• The EU27 deepen the social dimension of Europe together